Canister stoves are way convenient but suffer performance in cold weather. That said, in the shoulder seasons of late fall and early spring one can use a canister stove. Keeping it warm protected in your pack and/or in your sleeping bag at night is helpful.
One issue is once used, it is difficult to determine [...]
Zenstoves.net has a great article entitled “How to Choose a Backpacking Stove”. The article addresses factors such as fuel types used, fuel availability, weight and fuel efficiency, speed of cooking, cooking needs, starting and long term costs, cold weather performance, ease of use, safety and health concerns, personal preference, environmental/eco concerns, and ability to build [...]
Canister stoves typically see a decline in performance in cold weather. During burning the fuel inside the canister evaporates, causing the canister to cool. Moisture in the air will condense or freeze on the outside of the canister further chilling the gas inside the canister. The temperature inside the canister can drop to a point [...]